According to the Associated Press, a recent flurry of activity at the Manaro volcano on Ambae island raised fears that a major eruption was imminent, forcing the evacuation of the entire population. Most of the evacuees are being transported by boat or airlifted to other islands in the 80-island chain that stretches some 800 miles. The process should take about a week. The volcano on the island located between Australia and Hawaii has been active since 2005, but an increase in activity, including rocks and

gas spewing from the volcano, prompted authorities to raise the activity to Level 4 for the first time over the weekend, indicating a “moderate eruption” risk, the second highest level in Vanuatu’s volcanic alert system. “There’s ash, fire, stones and lava being thrown out from the mouth of the volcano,” Shadrack Welegtabit, the director of Vanuatu’s National Disaster Management Office, said Tuesday of the recent activity. “There’s a lot of activity going on.” READ MORE